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What State Directors of Special Education Need to Support Students with Disabilities in Online Education

Posted on Dec 18, 2014


The following is a Proceedings Document based on Focus Group held at the NASDSE Annual Conference, October 2012. Two years ago, state directors of special education gave the Center some direction for our research. They indicated their need to have definitions of online learning and to learn more about online learning in regards to FAPE in the LRE (Free Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment), monitoring, funding, and policy.

Look for the Proceedings Document from the 2015 NASDSE Annual Conference soon.

During the 2012 National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) annual conference held in Sacramento, California, the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities (the Center), a cooperative research project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education (OSEP), conducted a focus group with numerous state directors. The session began with a brief overview of what the Center currently knows about online learning and students with disabilities, and with the Center’s charge from OSEP.  Next, Bill East, senior principal investigator and Diana Greer, project director for the Center, guided a focus group discussion using the following questions:

  • What do you need to know regarding online learning and students with disabilities?
  • What research would you like the center to conduct to inform your work in the area?
  • What resources do you need to promote or implement online learning in your state? Read More..